Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a home away from home for me. After a rough run in Canada, I was looking to bounce back and get my championship going in the right way. The weekend of course started poorly with a faulty air compressor for the pneumatic shifter. Missed the first practice with something that will comeback later. Then of course the car would not find a gear for qualifying, and I had to start at the back for the first of the three races. I started P16 and made a slow and steady run to the front. With only the real run time being in the second practice we still found a fast car to use. I got up to fourth and then at the top of the corkscrew found the second place car facing backwards. My competitor and I running third and fourth, passed by without incident and then raced down turn 9. I made a move with the momentum gained into turn 11 and gained 2nd! The checkered came out that lap and I couldn’t believe it. We went from P16 to P2! Checkout the video highlights from the race on my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akz5I6tiq6A&t=23s.
The next day we started P2 and got a good start chasing first. Half way through the race the leader lost his motor and I inherited first. I put my head down, but as the race progressed I noticed I couldn’t get the car to make the shift down from third to second going in to the corkscrew and turn 11. I made a couple of mistakes because of the lack of shifting and second quickly caught me. On the final lap I ran wide at the exit of turn 11 trying to get the car down into first gear. My competitor got a good run and we drag raced for the finish. I took FIRST by .077 of a second, and won my first race of the year. I ended a JDC 28 race win streak. Big thanks to the guys at Extreme Speed Motorsports for helping me get the win. The third race was also a great success. Starting P2 again I got a good start, but lost second early in the race. I couldn’t get the spot back and finished P3. It was a amazing weekend with friends and family. I got to stand on all three podium spots throughout the weekend. Now we move on to the grand finale at Road Atlanta.